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Refreshing and Replanting Summer Containers in the North

Michael Nolan
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THD-heuchera-container535x800If you’re like me you probably wondered if it would ever get here, but the summer season is finally upon us. While the vegetable gardeners are beginning to see the fruits of their labors, some of our container gardens are in need of a seasonal intervention.

When you give your summer containers a little R&R (replant and refresh), they will reward you with lush, vibrant color throughout the season. The real beauty of container gardening is that we can change the plants based on seasonal needs, or even just a need for something fresh and new. It’s the best of both worlds – instant beauty and style without the commitment of planting a traditional landscape bed.

Whether you choose a minimalist style with one plant per container or you follow the trinity approach of the Thriller, Filler, Spiller, you can’t go wrong with adding new color, texture, and life to your summer containers. By selecting specimens that survive (and even thrive) in the heat of summer, you are guaranteed to be the envy of the neighborhood even when others fight to keep their spring-planted containers from withering in the heat and sun.

While choosing and arranging plants is a personal decision, there are some varieties that are proven to perform well in different parts of the country. Among my favorite summer-friendly container garden plants to use in the north are:

  • Euphorbia
  • Fuchsia
  • Heuchera
  • Hosta
  • Yarrow

For more tips on refreshing and replanting your summer containers, check out Pick Your Perfect Summer Container Garden Plants.

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